Northeastern Asian-Northwest America microblade tradition: and the Ice Mountain microblade and core industry
This thesis deals primarily with two archaeological problems: first, the technological and typological nature of the Ice Mountain microblade and core industry and its relationships with other similar industries in Northwest North America and Northeast Asia; and second, the technological-typological, temporal-spatial character of one particular and distinctive trans-Beringian industrial tradition. Specifically, it is proposed that there existed in Upper Palaeolithic and post-Pleistocene times a lithic industrial tradition which is identified by the title "Northeast Asian-Northwest American Microblade Tradition," and abbreviated as NANAMT. It is further proposed that peoples carrying that tradition had arrived in northern British Columbia by approximately 9,000-8,000 years ago, leaving behind remnants of their subsistence activity in the form of the Ice Mountain microblade and core industry. A demonstration of this proposal is set out based upon comparisons of the Ice Mountain material with other specimens and microblade industries known from Northwest North America and Northeast Asia. These comparisons are based, in part, upon the morpho-typology exhibited by the diagnostic features of such industries--the form of the cores from which micro blades were i;·e.moved. In larg.er part, emphasis is placed upon the unity exhibited in the manufacturing patterns, and a techno-typology is established which organizes the primary features of these patterns into manipulative categories.
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Smith, J. W. (1974). Northeastern Asian-Northwest America microblade tradition: and the Ice Mountain microblade and core industry (Unpublished doctoral thesis). University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. doi:10.11575/PRISM/18674